Gigi Hadid Defends Her Supermodel Status

​'The industry needed a change to be able to welcome in another generation'

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Remember when veteran supermodels Rebecca Romijn Stephanie Seymour recently called Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid 'not true supermodels' and 'b*tches of the moment'?

Well, Gigi is finally speaking out against the haters. 

In a podcast with American Vogue's editor-at-large André Leon Talley, the 21-year-old Californian beauty defended her use of Instagram to help catapult her into the spotlight.

'It's a way that people get to know us other than a face on a page.

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'We are given the opportunity to spread our wings in so many different industries because people get to know us; they start to understand different levels of our personalities and our talents,' she added.

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The model – who is currently dating ELLE's September Issue cover star Zayn Malik – also took the opportunity to celebrate supermodels of the past who have paved the way for the next generation of catwalk stars.

'Obviously, Cindy [Crawford] and Claudia [Schiffer] and Naomi [Campbell] — no one can do it better than them in the time that they were in. 

'I think that the reason why Kendall and Cara [Delevingne] and Karlie [Kloss] and I are kind of … able to have this moment right now is because the industry needed a change to be able to welcome in another generation.'

While the supermodel is grateful for how Instagram has helped launch her career, she isn't immune to the abuse and insults she receives from online trolls who call her 'fat' and 'anorexic'.

'Everyone is affected by the pressures that come from being on social media, and we're all human.

'I'll never say that it doesn't affect me,' she continued.

Haters gonna hate, Gigi. 

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